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Girl who survived fatal snow fort collapse is released

January 22, 2019

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — A girl who survived the collapse of a snow fort in suburban Chicago while another girl died has been released from a hospital.

Relatives say the 9-year-old is recovering but has been crying over the death of 12-year-old Esther Jung outside Rothem Church in Arlington Heights. The girls were playing in a snow fort Sunday when it collapsed.

Esther is the daughter of the church pastor. Police are calling her death a tragic accident. Someone placed flowers at the snow pile in memory of Esther.

Sophia Shin told relatives that she called for help but apparently wasn’t heard. The temperature at the time was about 14 degrees. Sophia was treated for hypothermia.

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